In my last post, I talked about the monetary pressures of having to pay the first month’s rent for next year, on top of the usual expenses that university brings, and how to budget for that. This week, I’m going to give you some tips on saving money over the course of the final term.
- Save on bills
If you’re living in accommodation which doesn’t include bills in the rent, then you could save a lot of money here by simply being careful about your usage. Now that summer is approaching, turn the heating down and change its programming so that it’s only on when you really need it. Same with lights, if you’re not in a room then turn them off. (It’s a lot easier to see where your parents were coming from all those years when you have to pay for your own bills!) Save water by doing the washing up in one big lot and combining your clothes washing schedule with your housemates so you never have a half empty load, make the most of the sunshine and dry them outside if possible.
- Shop in reduced sections
Yellow labels are my favourite part of food shopping, when you get to scour the reduced section for cuts of meat that you otherwise would not be able to afford. Inevitably this leads to a freezer full of food bought at bargain prices that I then have to challenge myself to use up (and refrain from adding to) before the year ends. Some of my best bargains this year have been ducks legs, reduced to 1€ each, and a whole chicken down to 1€50. In fact, these days, I never buy meat at full price. If you can work out when your supermarket reduces their fresh produce, you can save loads of money and still eat like a king or queen.
- Discount codes
We all know about the infamous 50% off voucher codes that every student collects during fresher’s week but it’s not just pizza you can get a deal on. Every time I buy something online, I search the internet for discount codes. Even if you can only find one for free delivery, you’ll still be saving a few pounds! Groupon is great for offers as well. If you’re heading out for a meal with friends, have a look on groupon and see where in town you can get a deal!
- Walk more and make your own
Save money on bus fares by walking everywhere you can, especially with the weather being as nice as it has been recently. Not only is walking good for you, it has the added bonus of being free! Similarly, you can save money by making your own lunches (a £3 meal deal every day is £15 a week), having a coffee at home instead of nipping into Starbucks every morning and cooking from scratch rather than buying ready meals. Small changes and a little extra effort can make your bank balance stretch a lot further!
So, there you have it, a few tips on how to start saving those pennies. If you have any other suggestions, leave them in the comment section below!